New Delhi, Jan 16 : Union Home Ministry has convened a meeting of Chief Secretary and Census Director of all states and Union Territories on Friday to sensitize the officials and also to seek their cooperation for upcoming Census 2021 and updating the National Population Register (NPR). This meeting is aimed at to understand the difficulties and other challenges faced by the states' officials in the excercise of Census and NPR.
The process of Census and National Population Register will start on April 1 and will be finished before September 30, a Home Ministry notification said. Barring a few states, rest all of them have re-notified the Census and NPR process in their respective states. The process of NPR has to be completed within 45 days and around 30 lakh enumerators will be engaged in this process. The states have been given an option to select any 45 days as per their convenience between April 1 to September 30.
The meeting gains importance as many of the opposition ruled states have given call to stop the process of updating NPR. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said on Wednesday that the state officials would not take part in the meeting called by the Centre. The meeting will be held at Ambedkar Bhawan here on January 17 and will be chaired by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai and Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla. Many states including Kerala and West Bengal are opposing the process of NPR and have also asked the state officials not to cooperate in this entire process. (UNI)